An Shen Bu Xin Pian (An Shen Bu Xin Wan, SpiritCalmTM,
is an all natural Chinese herbal supplement traditionally used to calm the Heart and spirit and help palpitations,
insomnia and anxiety.
What does it do?
Palpitations are often described as an unpleasant awareness of the heartbeat or the feeling that the heart is pounding,
racing or skipping beats. Normally the heart beats 60 - 100 times per minute. In people who exercise routinely or take medications
that slow the heart, the rate may drop below 55 beats per minute. Palpitations are often accompanied by nervousness and anxiety.
An Shen Bu Xin Wan is a very common Chinese herbal remedy used to manage insomnia1 (difficulty falling or staying asleep).
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), An Shen Bu Xin Wan calms the Heart and spirit and
restores normal sleep rhythm by nourishing Heart Yin and blood while anchoring hyperactive Liver Yang (caused by deficient Heart blood).
When blood is insufficient and therefore fails to nourish the Shen (spirit) which is said to be housed in the heart,
palpitations and insomnia are common symptoms. An Shen Bu Xin Wan may also be used for depression, dizziness,
deafness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Palpitations may or may not represent a true cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat).
An abnormal heart beat can be the sign of a serious and potentially life threatening condition.
Consult your physician before taking this or any other supplement for palpitations.
An Shen Bu Xin Wan is composed of 10 medicinal Chinese herbs that nourish Yin and blood, calm the Shen (spirit),
clear heat and anchor Yang.
Dan Shen (Salvia root) regulates blood circulation,
calms the Shen and dispels heat from the Heart. Dan Shen also nourishes blood to treat palpitations and insomnia.
Studies have shown Dan Shen to have a marked sedative effect.2
Shou Wu Teng (Polygonum vine), also known as Ye Jiao Teng,
nourishes the Heart and calms the Shen due to general blood deficiency while also clearing the meridian pathways.
Di Huang (Rehmannia root) is a powerful Yin tonic
used to nourish the blood of the Heart and also treats insomnia and palpitations.
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra fruit) calms the heart and Shen,
treats anxiety and insomnia with dream disturbed sleep (which are signs of Yin and blood failing to nourish the heart).
Tu Si Zi (Cuscuta seed) tonifies Kidney Yin and Yang and
is combined with Wu Wei Zi to reduce the occurrence of frequent dreaming.
Nu Zhen Zi (Glossy Privet fruit) clears heat from Yin deficiency and
is a relatively mild tonic useful for dizziness and tinnitus. When combined with Wu Wei Zi, it is very useful for night sweats.
Mo Han Lian, also known as Han Lian Cao (Eclipta) nourishes Yin
and clears heat from the blood. It is often paired with Nu Zhen Zi for Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency.
Shi Chang Pu (Acorus) opens the orifices and calms the Shen.
Shi Chang Pu is often used for tinnitus, deafness and dizziness.
Zhen Zhu Mu (Pearl shell) calms the Liver and anchors Yang,
which can become hyperascendant due to Liver blood deficiency. Zhen Zhu Mu is used for tinnitus, deafness, dizziness, irritability,
insomnia, palpitations and mania. Zhen Zhu Mu also clears Heart fire when combined with Shi Chang Pu.
He Huan Pi (Albizia Bark) calms the Shen and relieves Liver Qi stagnation (constraint).
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend of
Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii
Concha Margaritifera Usta
Caulis Polygoni Multiflori
Semen Cuscutae Chinensis
Herba Ecliptae Prostratae
Fructus Ligustri Lucidi
Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
(Wu Wei Zi)
(Shi Chang Pu)
(Zhen Zhu Mu)
(Shou Wu Teng)
(He Huan Pi)
(Tu Si Zi)
(Mo Han Lian)
(Nu Zhen Zi)
What is Available?
Guang Ci Tang® An Shen Bu Xin Pian
(SpiritCalmTM) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.
Guang Ci Tang® An Shen Bu Xin Wan (SpiritCalmTM) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 pills @ 5:1 strength.
At a true 5:1 concentration, both products represent the most potent form of An Shen Bu Xin Pian (Wan) on the market. One tablet or
pill is equal to 1 gram of raw herb. Tablets and pills have the same formulation.
An Shen Bu Xin Pian
tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency.
A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula,
and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets,
which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe.
The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility
and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a
wonderful fusion of
science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.
How do I use it?
The standard dosage for SpiritCalmTM is 7 tablets or pills taken 2 to 3 times daily
with or before meals. One bottle lasts 10 to 14 days.
The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase).
Consult your practitioner for precise dosage recommendations based on body weight and other factors.
SpiritCalmTM is a tonic and therefore it usually takes time before its effects become apparent.
It may take one month or more before symptoms begin to improve. An initial course of treatment is suggested as 4 - 6 bottles taken at the full dose.
Differentiation in Usage
An Shen Bu Xin Wan is similar to Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan
and Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan
An Shen Bu Xin Wan (Pian) has been safely used with few adverse effects.
1. Not to be used during pregnancy.
2. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medications or receiving other medical treatments.
3. Discontinue use if allergic reaction occurs.
4. Not suitable in cases of concurrent external attack (i.e. acute cold or flu with fever).
5. Keep out of reach of children.
1. Xia C, et al., Traditional Chinese medicine constitution types in 127 elderly patients with insomnia:
an investigation in communities of Yangpu District, Shanghai.
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012 Aug;10(8):866-73.
2. Yao Xue Xue Bao (Journal of Herbology), 1979; 14(5):288
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